Growing Young is a CBFNC initiative in partnership with Fuller Youth Institute (FYI). Based on the research findings of FYI and its subsequent book, CBFNC is committed to helping churches better welcome and engage young people ages 15-29 and beyond.

Churches are both shrinking and aging as more young people disengage. Based on groundbreaking research with over 250 of the nation’s leading congregations, Growing Young provides a strategy any church can use to involve and retain young people. It profiles innovative churches engaging 15- to 29-year-olds that are growing–spiritually, emotionally, missionally, and numerically. Packed with ideas, Growing Young shows ministry leaders how to position their churches to reach younger generations in a way that breathes life into the whole church.


CBFNC and FYI are developing a new training to help CBFNC churches develop strategies that will help churches become places where youth and young adults can thrive. More information will be coming soon!

Growing Young Alumni

  • Ardmore, Winston-Salem
  • First, Burnsville
  • First, Goldsboro
  • First, Hillsborough
  • First, Huntersville
  • First, Kannapolis
  • First, Lexington
  • First, Marion
  • First, Mt. Airy
  • First, New Bern
  • First, Statesville
  • First, West Jefferson
  • Forest Hills, Raleigh
  • Hillsong, Chapel Hill
  • Lakeside, Rocky Mount
  • Macedonia, Raleigh
  • New Hope, Raleigh
  • Oakmont, Greenville
  • St. John’s, Raleigh
  • The Memorial, Greenville
  • Trinity, Raleigh
  • Westwood, Cary

Voices from NC Churches

“The Growing Young Cohort created space for our church  to ask needed questions and sit with the questions long enough to avoid cliche, pat answers and instead  push deeper into answers that addressed the present reality of the church. As we dove deeper into the present reality, we were able to see that the changes we needed to consider were deeper as well.”

– Randy Carter,
Pastor of New Hope Baptist,
Raleigh, NC

“Growing Young has allowed us to see the giftedness  and value of all generations.  In working through the  Growing Young cohort we saw that connecting generations together benefitted both older and younger generations, and in doing so, brought more energy and vitality to the church. Growing Young moved us into being more intentional to  share leadership and gave us an eagerness to tell stories.”

– Dane Martin,
Minister of Students, Ardmore
Baptist, Winston-Salem, NC

For more information about Growing Young, please visit their website.

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